JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Training Program
JDRF partners with USA Cycling to certify all our chapter coaches. Riders are given expert coaching and training by these certified coaches. Even if you are not an everyday cyclist, our trained coaches will work with you to develop a training program based on your individual needs and goals.Each rider will be assigned to a local or national coach who will help you track your progress and get you prepared for Ride day. JDRF coaches help participants set realistic goals, hold group trainings, monitor progress, and provide clinics on everything from form and technique to injury prevention and changing a flat tire. Our JDRF coaches have helped hundreds of athletes accomplish goals they never thought they could achieve. For more information on the JDRF Coaching program in your area, please contact your local JDRF Chapter or email the JDRF Ride Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JDRF Ride to Cure’s National Leadership Team of Coaches:
The JDRF Ride to Cure has a National Leadership Team of Coaches dedicated to helping riders cross the finish line. Each of these 6 JDRF Coaches has been involved with JDRF for at least ten years and collectively, they have nearly 50 years of Ride to Cure experience. Together and individually, they offer a wide array of knowledge, tips, and general support to the team. Riders and coaches of all levels of experience can benefit from their years of knowledge, and they will help ensure you have the tools and resources you need to make it across the finish line safe, sound, and smiling.
National Coach Leadership Bios
Mike Clark, Holland, Michigan, joined the JDRF Ride to Cure family as a coach in 2005. Coming into the program, Mike did not have a direct connection to T1D. He says now, however, that his connection to JDRF is boundless. Aside from coaching at each of the venues, you can also find Mike in the Bike Room with his exceptional team of mechanics at any given destination. Completing one century a month, Mike is rarely ever found “off the road,” but when he is, you would find him running his new bike shop, 3rd Coast Cycles, in Hudsonville, Michigan. Mike’s Favorite Quote: “Let our people travel light and free on their bicycles.” - Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire.
John Dallman, Cincinnati, Ohio, joined the JDRF Ride to Cure family in 2004, coaching since 2006. Like many others out there, John does not have a direct connection to T1D and says that he continues to ride with and for JDRF “to share the love that this program can deliver.” He has ridden at nearly every venue the JDRF Ride to Cure has offered since 2004, but if you ask him which one is his favorite he will tell you it’s the one that he is at. Oftentimes, riders will hear John before they see him when out on a ride as he “sings.” Such serenades have caused many riders to report that they suddenly found their 2nd wind, which not only got them closer to the finish line but also away from John. John credits his wife Katie Whelan and his team for providing him with his 2nd wind. John’s Tip: Don’t be concerned with what others are doing; ride your own bike.
David Ertl, Waukee, Iowa, joined the JDRF Ride to Cure family as a chapter coach with the Greater Iowa Chapter team in 2004. While coming into the program, David did not have a direct connection to T1D. He, like many others, has developed many friendships with those who are directly affected. David continues to serve as a chapter coach and also serves as a national coach to the JDRF Ride program and has been lead coach at several Ride venues. In addition to JDRF coaching, he works with cycling teams and individual cyclists from across the country. David began racing bikes in 1973 and has his own coaching business, Cyclesport Coaching. He has written several books on cycling training. David says, "There’s nothing like seeing riders cross the finish line having pushed themselves selflessly to limits they never thought possible. It’s wonderful to see riders take on the ride as a personal challenge and raise money to find a cure for T1D, only to have it lead them to a healthier lifestyle of their own."
Ian Joyce, Greensboro, North Carolina, joined the Ride to Cure family as a coach in 2009. A lifelong cyclist and having lived with T1D for the last 38 years, Ian is all too familiar with the challenges T1D riders face out on the road. But if you ask him why he rides for JDRF, he will tell you it is because the JDRF riders inspire him. Ian has ridden in such venues as Killington 2009 and Tucson 2013, where riders pressed on to get the job done despite the difficult weather conditions. So which one is his favorite? “All of them,” he says. If it’s a JDRF Ride, he will have a good time. Ian’s Favorite Quote: “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” - Ernest Hemingway.
Tim St. Clair, Greenville, South Carolina, came to the JDRF Ride to Cure in 2003 “knowing nothing about JDRF and next to nothing about type 1 diabetes.” That weekend made such a strong impression that he has gone on to finish nearly three dozen Rides to Cure, serve three years as Chair of the Ride Leadership Committee, and complete five years as a National Head Coach. Tim will share his passion for the Ride to Cure once again, returning as a 2014 National Head Coach. And if you’re not yet persuaded that Cheetos is wonder food, talk with Tim at a rest stop. Tim’s Tip: Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Take your time to marinate in the Ride experience – it’ll make your life bigger.